Light heavyweight Gian Villante will look to continue his recent winning streak in Strikeforce when he faces off with Derrick Mehmen on the Grand Prix Finals card in May. The bout is expected to take place on the preliminary card. Newsday has the info:
Gian Villante of Levittown said Saturday that there's a bout agreement in place for his fifth bout with Strikeforce. While at the one-year anniversary of East Coast MMA in Rockville Centre, Villante said he signed the paperwork on Friday.
The former All-American football player at Hofstra said he will fight Derrick Mehmen on May 19 in San Jose, Calif.
Villante (9-3) rebounded from two successive losses in early 2011 with a decision win over Keith Berry at a Challengers card in August and an impressive 65-second TKO win over Trevor Smith in January. Mehmen (12-4) has fought once and won once in Strikeforce, defeating Roy Jones on a Challengers card in August of last year. He competed again this past Saturday night at WMMA 1, but lost a decision to Rodney Wallace.
The May 19th card will be headlined by the Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier. Gilbert Melendez is also expected to defend his Strikeforce lightweight title on the card against an Josh Thomson.